LAW ENFORCEMENT & DISPUTE RESOLUTION
“A nation’s laws are the deepest expression of its culture. They say what we value and how we intend to get along and hold ourselves together as a people.”
–Hon. Joseph Thomas Flies-Away, Tribal Court Judge, Hualapai, Gila River, Karuk
NNI staff have long been engaged on issues of justice and law enforcement in Indian Country for two evidence-based reasons:
- the econometric evidence: Native nations with more effective court systems are those best able to attract investment of all forms, be it financial, physical, or human.
- the qualitative evidence: It is difficult for healthy community development to proceed when tribal citizens feel unsafe and afraid.